Reminiscence Therapy

At memory care at The Palace Gardens Homestead one of the activities found on the community’s monthly calendar is Reminiscence Therapy. Reminiscence therapy uses all the senses- sight, touch, taste, smell and sound and these help people remember events, people and places. Studies have found that storytelling about the past helps people feel less isolated and more connected to the present.

According to Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and MC Activity Director Jennifer Almodovar for people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia it’s important that activities at a memory care community encourage recalling personal memories.

We suggest our families visiting their loved ones at The Palace Gardens bring objects from home and photographs to help someone recall memories from their childhood and as an adult. Scrapbooks are a great resource too and families may enjoy working together to compile one about their loved one. We also suggest what we call a memory box. This can be a shoe box filled with pictures, postcards, an old wallet.

These would be items a person can touch that may help them remember. Spending time talking about these objects is really important.

“We have fun with our Reminiscence Therapy sessions,” she explained. We may bring kitchen items from home to talk about or find small objects in a vintage store. A vintage Guardian Service aluminum pot that was in my kitchen was so fascinating to the group. It sparked so many memories about using this particular pot in their kitchen and cooking for their family.